Jeremiah Rodriguez, CTVNews.ca Employees with a report by Gabriel Marchand of CTV Winnipeg.
Published on Wednesday, January 30, 2019, 22:00 US time.
Last update Wednesday, January 30, 2019 22:01 EST
The freezing temperatures caused by the polar air created several problems for people throughout Manitoba, but many of its residents came together to help the less fortunate.
According to the Ministry of the Environment of Canada, the temperature throughout the region ranges from -33 to -40 ° C, and because of the strong wind in some places the temperature is -52 ° C. Some of these temperatures made him feel colder than in some parts of Siberia.
On Wednesday evening, a strong cold warning was issued for Winnipeg with cold values from -40 C to -50 C.
To keep warm, Winnipeg city officials urge residents to seek refuge in public places, such as libraries and entertainment centers, if they need a break from the cold.
Because of the high demand for service calls, a representative of the Canadian Automobile Association said that he had to suspend home service and answer calls only in emergency or unsafe situations.
CAA Manitoba spokeswoman Erica Miller told CTV in Winnipeg that their employees "are working at full capacity."
“We have all our drivers, and we have a network of contractors – not only in Winnipeg, but also in rural Manitoba,” she said.
Over the past week, CAA Manitoba received more than 6,400 calls to customer service, 3,300 of them related to car battery problems. Only on Tuesday, 3100 calls to the service were recorded.
On an average winter day, the CAA Manitoba said that it usually sees only 300 to 600 calls.
But, fortunately, for some drivers who tend to rely on CAA, their neighbors began to help.
Irma Sarrondo had to ask for help from one of her friends on Facebook, because her car would not start in the bitter cold.
“My friend Cory, who is also from the neighbors, came to speed up my car and pick up my neighbor's car,” she told CTV in Winnipeg.
When she found out that CAA does not offer home services, she posted a word about help on her Facebook page. A few minutes later she received several offers to check her car.
“This is friendly Manitoba, and it warms your heart that the neighbors are helping,” said Sarrondo.
The Bear Clan Patrol, known for its walking patrols in the city, offers a new headquarters for vulnerable people who are looking for a place to avoid the harshly cold weather during the day.
“This is a permanent presence in the community, where we can be here as much as we need,” said James Favel, group executive director, CTV Winnipeg. "We see that many men now use the service."
“In this community there are many places for children. There are many places for women and the like, but for men there is very little to do pro-social activities and things like that. Therefore, we are also trying to offer it, ”he explained.
According to Favela, about 600 people have already passed in the past six days. He added that donations of warm clothing, food and supplies were also stopped at their headquarters.
Transit racers are brave
CTV Winnipeg talked to several trembling transit passengers who said they felt they were waiting for eternity at the bus stops.
"What does it look like on a day like today?" It freezes – I feel nothing, ”said one of the passengers. Another person said: "If I did not have to pay for an apartment today, I would not be stuck sticking my nose out"
A Winnipeg Transit spokesman offered some comfort to passengers, saying that riders should not expect any delays due to the cold.
In addition, parents in the provinces will have to leave their children tomorrow morning, since on Thursday there will be no school buses in all Winnipeg school offices.